Sources say the South Korean company Samsung will release three new SoCs this year, including the Exynos 800 series mid-range SoCs, the Exynos 1200 series high-performance line, and the flagship Exynos 2200 SoC.
The latter two SoCs are expected to feature GPUs based on AMD’s RDNA architecture. Sources confirm yesterday’s information that the South Korean giant is working on two different versions of the Exynos 2200 SoC, which will target Android smartphones and laptops. These versions will have a similar architecture, but are optimized for different types of devices.
It has long been known that Samsung is working with AMD to develop a custom GPU due to be unveiled in June this year. SoCs with new GPUs will be introduced later this year, and the first devices with such platforms will appear next year.
The Exynos 2200 mobile version will be designed for laptops that run the Windows 10 operating system. This SoC may be presented in the third quarter of this year.
Yesterday it became known that the Exynos 2200 SoC is twice as fast as the Apple A14 in terms of GPU performance, and also 2.5 times faster than the Exynos 2100.
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IDC: The smartphone market has returned to growth
Experts of the analytical company IDC summed up the results of the fourth quarter of 2020 and the whole year in general on the smartphone market. As stated in the corresponding report, the smartphone market returned to growth. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 were 385.9 million units, which is 4.3% more than smartphones sold in the fourth quarter of 2019. At the same time, for the entire 2020, smartphones were sold 5.9% less than in 2019.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Apple was named the market leader. It was able to increase sales in annual terms; that is, compared to the same quarter of the previous year, by 22.2% – from 73.8 to 90.1 million devices. This led to an increase in Apple’s share from 19.9% to 23.4%. The second place is occupied by Samsung, which in annual terms increased sales by 6.2%, as a result of which its share increased from 18.8% to 19.1%. The third place is taken by Xiaomi. Its share increased from 8.9% to 11.2%. The top five also include Oppo and Huawei. Also, The share of Oppo increased from 8.3% to 8.8%. The share of Huawei decreased from 15.2% to 8.4%.
As for 2020 as a whole, Samsung remained the leader with 20.6% of the market. Apple is in second place with 15.9%. The share of Huawei, which is in third place at the end of 2020, is 14.6%. The fourth-place belongs to Xiaomi, whose share is 11.4%, the fifth – to Vivo, whose share is 8.6%. In 2019, Samsung’s share was 21.6%, Apple’s 13.9%. Huawei – 17.5%, Xiaomi – 9.2%, Vivo – 8.0%.